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from the Tennessean,
Nashville will be without a first-round pick for the second consecutive season. It shipped its initial selection — as well as a third-round pick, forward Scottie Upshall and defensive prospect Ryan Parent — to Philadelphia for Forsberg a couple of months ago.
But the Predators are hoping their successful drafting in recent years, their ability to find talent in later rounds and their success in the free-agent market will help make up for the loss of first-round picks in two straight years.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The word is Lamoriello packed up the following for the Devils’ four-day stay at a Kanata hotel:
Four doctors. Under normal circumstances, the visiting team would bring two physicians who would work hand-in-hand with the home team’s doctors. If a player needed stitches, for example, the home team would usually help out the visitors. That won’t be the case in this series.
A security guard for the bench. The Devils have asked Scotiabank Place security guards who normally work the bench area to leave, not to touch the door and stay out of the area completely so they cannot see any Devils who might be injured during the game. The Devils’ security representative is a former FBI agent.
from the Toronto Star,
Forty years – about half a lifetime – is a long stretch by most standards, even longer if you’re a Toronto Maple Leafs fan.
It was 40 years ago today – Tuesday, May 2, 1967 – that the Leafs last hoisted the Stanley Cup.
At the time, Leafs coach Punch Imlach had a team of aging stars, eager for their fourth Cup in six years and just as eager to beat the defending champion Montreal Canadiens.
read on for a reprint of the news that night…
from the Buffalo News,
Officials after the game said the replay was so close that had McCreary ruled on the ice Briere had scored, the goal would have stood because there was no convincing evidence to change that call either.
Ruff was convinced Briere had tied the game.
“I think from what I saw it was a goal,” Ruff said. “The puck goes over the line and goes into his pad.”
“We initially had the TSN guys next to the bench saying it crossed the line, so I was pretty confident that we had a goal. I believe I’ve seen a replay where it’s in. But the only thing you hope with video replay is you get it right. It’s why you go to it.”
I have been trying to avoid this topic, but time to chime in…
Hockey Canada officials will be summoned by a parliamentary committee in Ottawa to explain why they chose Shane Doan as Team Canada captain at a world hockey tournament in Russia.
At issue is a derogatory remark Doan allegedly made toward a French-Canadian linesman during a game in December 2005.
Living in the US, I have witnessed enough politicians getting involved in issues like this and I have always questioned their motive.
Aren’t there other topics they should really be concerned about?
The video replay did not show the puck crossing the line in the final seconds of the Sabres/Rangers game.
Looking at it from a neutral point of view, I could not say the puck completely crossed the line.
The first frame you will see the puck meeting Lundqvist’s pad, the second frame you cannot see the puck.
from Eric Duihatschek of the Globe and Mail,
It was well after midnight back home on The Rock when Ryane Clowe scored the tying goal and later still when he started the play that led to the San Jose Sharks’ eventual game winner.
But anyone who stayed with the television coverage into the wee small hours in Newfoundland Monday night sure got their money’s worth, when the Sharks defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1, with Clowe, their native son, leading the charge.
In case you missed the audio interview with Eric Duhatschek I did earlier in the day, follow this link. Cleary and Clowe were part of the discussion.
added 8:43pm, Eric also witnessed Scotty Bowman doing his blogging gig for NBC…
Is Bowman reading his own blog? “Sometimes.”
Just to make sure he’s not misquoted in his own blog? “No, he tapes it.”
Thirty years ago, could Bowman ever imagine that this is what he’d been doing, in his retirement years, keeping an on-line diary?
“I didn’t even know what the hell it was,” he said. “No, I knew what it was. He calls and I just give him what I think.”
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Mats Sundin has a torn labrum, which is the soft tissue surrounding the joint in his hip, according to a National Hockey League source.
Surgery is one of the treatment options, but it is not required as long as he is in no discomfort. A medical source said surgeons will not recommend surgery as long as there is no pain and that the Toronto Maple Leafs captain can play with the injury.
from the CP via Metro News,
The two Ottawa offensive engines have gained the trust of coach Bryan Murray to play at times when defence is the team’s top priority.
“Last year, I wouldn’t have dared to do that,” Murray admitted.
It is appreciated by Heatley and Spezza.
“That’s nice to have from a coach,” Heatley said after practice on Tuesday. “We showed him that we can play safe and responsible.
“Me and Spez, we’re offensive guys. We came into the league as offensive guys and sometimes you get a rap as guys who take too many chances. But this year, we’ve learned to play a little tighter and he’s rewarded us for it.”
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
Conspicuously absent from the list is the one villain who everyone’s currently pointing a finger at, for everything under the sun, - the NHL can’t even play the Blame Game properly – Global Warming! Yes, my rapidly-thawing friends, Mother Nature is keeping fans from warming (brilliant reasoning, I know) up to the sport of hockey.
If you think about it, it makes so much sense.
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